Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Fridgeezoo Penguin - A Fun Way to Remember to Shut the Refrigerator Door



Fridgeezoo 24 'Talking Animal' Fridge Door Reminder Eco Toys. Open the fridge and get a cute reminder to close the door!

Available at Mozart, Einstein and Me!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Amazing Benefits of Music Lessons on the Brain



Well that is a great question. Any self respecting parent wants to provide the best possible opportunities for their child. We all know that music can be fun and most people would agree that some degree of music appreciation is beneficial to a child's development. But did you know that music lessons...

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays!


May Your Days Be Merry and Bright!

Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday and a Very Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Balancing Cactus by Plan Toys - Available at Mozart, Einstein & Me



It's all about strategy! The player that can build and balance the cactus without making it fall is the winner. Ideal for 1 -- 4 players.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Why Do We Dream? - Amy Adkins



In the 3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamian kings recorded and interpreted their dreams on wax tablets. In the years since, we haven't paused in our quest to understand why we dream. And while we still don’t have any definitive answers, we have some theories. Amy Adkins reveals the top seven reasons why we might dream.

Lesson by Amy Adkins, animation by Clamanne Studio.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Now Available in Store - Fridgeezoo Animals!


They sit in your refrigerator and talk every time you open the refrigerator door. More importantly, they remind the kids to close the door. A fun way to remind everyone in the household to save energy. Makes a great stocking stuffer!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Why the Octopus Brain is So Extraordinary - Cláudio L. Guerra



Octopuses have the ability to solve puzzles, learn through observation, and even use tools – just like humans. But what makes octopus intelligence so amazing is that it comes from a biological structure completely different from ours. Cláudio L. Guerra takes a look inside the amazing octopus brain.

Lesson by Cláudio L. Guerra, animation by Cinematic.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mozart, Einstein & Me Holiday Hours



Our holiday hours are as follows: 

Monday - Wednesday: 12pm - 7:00pm 
Thursdays & Fridays 11:00am - 8:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays 10:00am - 6:00pm

Please call us on any day before Christmas Eve to make sure we will be open!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Fastest Violinist in the World - BBC News



How fast can you play a violin? World record is held by Ben Lee - who can play Flight of the Bumblebee in a 54.24 seconds.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Drop Off Letters to Santa at Mozart, Einstein & Me!


Make sure your letter gets to Santa before Christmas! They can be dropped off in front of Mozart, Einstein & Me at 739 First Street in Bencia.

Just place the letter in an envelope and drop it in the box - no stamp necessary!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Can You Solve "Einstein’s Riddle"? - Dan Van der Vieren



Before he turned physics upside down, a young Albert Einstein supposedly showed off his genius by devising a complex riddle involving a stolen exotic fish and a long list of suspects. Can you resist tackling a brain teaser written by one of the smartest people in history? Dan Van der Vieren shows how.

Lesson by Dan Van der Vieren, animation by Artrake Studio.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Why Do Your Knuckles Pop? - Eleanor Nelsen



Some people love the feeling of cracking their knuckles, while others cringe at the sound. But what causes that trademark pop? And is it dangerous? Eleanor Nelsen gives the facts behind joint popping.

Lesson by Eleanor Nelsen, animation by Steve Belfer Creative.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Enchanting Music of Sign Language | Christine Sun Kim | TED Talks



Artist Christine Sun Kim was born deaf, and she was taught to believe that sound wasn't a part of her life, that it was a hearing person's thing. Through her art, she discovered similarities between American Sign Language and music, and she realized that sound doesn't have to be known solely through the ears — it can be felt, seen and experienced as an idea. In this endearing talk, she invites us to open our eyes and ears and participate in the rich treasure of visual language.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Stan Houston and His Guitar Student Perform at Cullen's




Stan and Cailey performed together in downtown Benicia at Cullen's monthly tasting. Cailey has been Stan's guitar student for 10 years. Stan believes that learning an instrument needs to include performance as well as playing with other musicians. This enables the student to learn when to lead and when to follow....both are important. Isn't this a lesson for us all...?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Drop Off Letters to Santa at Mozart, Einstein & Me!


Make sure your letter gets to Santa before Christmas! They can be dropped off in front of Mozart, Einstein & Me at 739 First Street in Bencia.

Just place the letter in an envelope and drop it in the box - no stamp necessary!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds | Meklit Hadero | TED Talks



Using examples from birdsong, the natural lilt of emphatic language and even a cooking pan lid, singer-songwriter and TED Fellow Meklit Hadero shows how the everyday soundscape, even silence, makes music. "The world is alive with musical expression," she says. "We are already immersed."

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Child Prodigy, a Painful Disease, and a Life-Changing Treatment



Caesar Sant of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, began playing the violin at age two and as a toddler amazed his music teachers with his advanced abilities. But by the age of five, he had suffered three debilitating strokes due to sickle-cell anemia. His third stroke left him unable to walk or play the violin. Now, as he tries to regain his musical abilities, he has a newborn sister who can provide a bone marrow transplant that could be lifesaving and could ensure he'll always be able to play the violin.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Group theory 101: How to play a Rubik’s Cube like a piano - Michael Staff



Mathematics explains the workings of the universe, from particle physics to engineering and economics. Math is even closely related to music, and their common ground has something to do with a Rubik's Cube puzzle. Michael Staff explains how group theory can teach us to play a Rubik’s Cube like a piano.

Lesson by Michael Staff, animation by Shixie.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Mozart, Einstein & Me. Music and Creative Skills



ABC Music in Benicia CA and Livermore CA has changed their venue. They are still a music store, but have added so much more to help students learn better and more effectively. Their name is changed from ABC Music to Mozart, Einstein & Me. This change not only gives their retail stores a whole new look and feel, it helps students to become better creative musicians, and the gift ideas are pretty awesome too. Stan Houston, owner of Mozart, Einstein & Me gives us a tour of the new look and feel of their Benicia CA store.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

How to Grow a Bone - Nina Tandon



Can you grow a human bone outside the human body? The answer may soon be yes. Nina Tandon explores the possibility by examining how bones naturally grow inside the body, and illuminating how scientists are hoping to replicate that process in a lab.

Lesson by Nina Tandon, animation by Giant Animation Studios.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween from Mozart, Einstein & Me!


Mozart, Einstein & Me had a ball handing out kazoos for the annual downtown trick-or-treating. One of the trick-or-treaters was dressed up as Dorothy...a perfect match for our Dorothy Storybook Music Box doll. Such fun!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Speakers That Dance To The Music!



Here's some fun: 'Belagio' style water-dancing speakers by Leading Edge at our stores. Plugs into any smartphone, computer, or apple product. $59

Great for the desk or babies room!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Where Does Gold Come From? - David Lunney



Did you know that gold is extraterrestrial? Instead of arising from our planet’s rocky crust, it was actually cooked up in space and is present on Earth because of cataclysmic stellar explosions called supernovae. CERN Scientist David Lunney outlines the incredible journey of gold from space to Earth.

Lesson by David Lunney, animation by Andrew Foerster.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mozart, Einstein & Me is Getting Ready for the Holidays!



We're starting to get ready for the holidays at Mozart, Einstein & Me! With a wide variety of inventory you can do shopping for the whole family at our store. There is something for everyone! Come by and check us out.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Can You Solve The Prisoner Hat Riddle? - Alex Gendler



You and nine other individuals have been captured by super-intelligent alien overlords. The aliens think humans look quite tasty, but their civilization forbids eating highly logical and cooperative beings. Unfortunately, they’re not sure whether you qualify, so they decide to give you all a test. Can you solve this hat riddle? Alex Gendler shows how.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Artrake Studio.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Custom Engraved Wine Glasses and Ukuleles at Mozart, Einstein & Me!


Come check out our one of a kind Ukuleles and Wine Glasses custom engraved by Mozart, Einstein & Me

Mozart, Einstein & Me, the new name for ABC Music Store & Academy, that has expanded its products for the right-hand-side brain development for all ages. We now carry unique items for individuals interested in music, science, and/or art.

Stores in Benicia and Livermore!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sabrina The Good Wtich Look-A-Likes Spotted at Mozart, Einstein & Me!



This mother and daughter brightened our day at Mozart, Einstein & Me because they look just like our music box storybook doll - Sabrina, the good witch!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Sonic Boom Problem - Katerina Kaouri



Objects that fly faster than the speed of sound (like really fast planes) create a shock wave accompanied by a thunder-like noise: the sonic boom. These epic sounds can cause distress to people and animals and even damage nearby buildings. Katerina Kaouri details how scientists use math to predict sonic booms' paths in the atmosphere, where they will land, and how loud they will be.

Lesson by Katerina Kaouri, animation by Anton Bogaty.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Top 10 Amazing Proven Health Benefits of Music — TopTenzNet



Music has been an integral part of human civilization for over 55,000 years and continues to be an important aspect of almost every culture on Earth. It’s so dominant that for many people, their life would be empty without their melodies. At the most basic level, music is just a series of sounds. But research has found it’s much more profound than us hearing noise. Music can have some amazing effects on both your mind and your body.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Science of Static Electricity - Anuradha Bhagwat



We’ve all had the experience: you’re walking across a soft carpet, you reach for the doorknob and … ZAP. But what causes this trademark jolt of static electricity? Anuradha Bhagwat sheds light on the phenomenon by examining the nature of matter.

Lesson by Anuradha Bhagwat, animation by Artrake Studio.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Making Sure Young Brains Get The Benefits Of Music Training



The percentage of students receiving music education has been in decline for decades. The Harmony Project, a music program for inner city kids in Los Angeles partners with a neurobiologist to study the impact of music training on the learning skills of poor children.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Mysteries of Vernacular: Ukulele - Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel



When 19th century Portuguese travelers landed in Hawaii with a small four-stringed guitar, a member of the king's court, nicknamed Jumping Flea, or ukulele in Hawaiian, took to the instrument. Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel explain how an affinity for the ukulele gave the instrument its name.

Lesson by Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel, animation by Jessica Oreck.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Stan and Marianne Houston at the Annual Arts Benicia Art Auction & Gala



Stan and Marianne attended the Annual Arts Benicia Art Auction & Gala at the Clocktower. They donated a Treasure Chest filled with games, toys and a ukulele complete with free lessons from Mozart, Einstein & Me (previously ABC Music), raising $200 for Arts Benicia. They had lots of fun mingling with artists and the community!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Mathematical Secrets of Pascal’s Triangle - Wajdi Mohamed Ratemi



Pascal’s triangle, which at first may just look like a neatly arranged stack of numbers, is actually a mathematical treasure trove. But what about it has so intrigued mathematicians the world over? Wajdi Mohamed Ratemi shows how Pascal's triangle is full of patterns and secrets.

Lesson by Wajdi Mohamed Ratemi , animation by Henrik Malmgren.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Power of Music | Umi Garrett | TEDxOrangeCoast



This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Umi says: "– "The power of music is that music is more beautiful if it is played for someone rather than yourself." In a mix of talk and performance, Umi showcases skillfully and beautifully a little part of her immense talent.

Hailed by The Huffington Post as “a budding musical genius,” 13-year-old American pianist Umi Garrett is gaining acclaim from all over the world for her exquisite musicality, emotional and mature sound, flawless technique and virtuosity, and gracious stage presence filled with poise and charm.

Of her performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Winnipeg Symphony, the Winnipeg Free Press wrote “In addition to displaying bravura technique, the young soloist also possesses an extraordinary musicality.” Umi’s performance with the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra was praised by the Crescenta Valley Weekly: “Garrett is the real thing.”

A winner of the First Prize at the 13th Osaka International Music Competition in Japan, the Chopin International Competition Chopin Plus in Budapest, Hungary, and the Grand Prix award at the Chopin International Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, Umi was recently granted a prestigious title of the Young Steinway Artist. Umi is studying piano with Professor John Perry and Mrs. Mina Perry

Sunday, September 13, 2015

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Music



# 10 Amazing Health Benefits of Music :
Music has been an integral part of human civilization for over 55,000 years and continues to be an important aspect of almost every culture on Earth. It’s so dominant that for many people, their life would be empty without their melodies. At the most basic level, music is just a series of sounds. But research has found it’s much more profound than us hearing noise. Music can have some amazing effects on both your mind and your body.

10. It Reduces Stress
9. It Helps With Depression
8. It Helps People Sleep
7. It Helps with the Vascular Health
6. It Helps With Diet and Exercise
5. It Helps With Stroke Victims
4. It Aids in the Development of Children
3. It Keeps Your Mind Sharp
2. It Reduces Pain
1. It Improves Immune System

Source Staff : toptenz

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Can You Solve the Bridge Riddle? - Alex Gendler



Taking that internship in a remote mountain lab might not have been the best idea. Pulling that lever with the skull symbol just to see what it did probably wasn’t so smart either. But now is not the time for regrets because you need to get away from these mutant zombies...fast. Can you use math to get you and your friends over the bridge before the zombies arrive? Alex Gendler shows how.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Artrake Studio.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Health Benefits of Music



Want to do something good for yourself? Turn on some music! Research has shown that listening to music can improve your health by lowering your blood pressure, stimulating your brainwaves, and improving your concentration. Studies even reveal that listening to classical music before an SAT test may result in a higher score.

Friday, September 4, 2015

How Batteries Work - Adam Jacobson



Batteries are a triumph of science—they allow smartphones and other technologies to exist without anchoring us to an infernal tangle of power cables. Yet even the best batteries will diminish daily, slowly losing capacity until they finally die. Why does this happen, and how do our batteries even store so much charge in the first place? Adam Jacobson gives the basics on batteries.

Lesson by Adam Jacobson, animation by FOX Animation Domination High-Def.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Snap Circuits® Available at Mozart, Einstein and Me!



What is Snap Circuits? How does it work? Elenco®'s Snap Circuits® makes learning electronics easy and fun! Just follow the colorful pictures in our manual and build exciting projects such as FM radios; digital voice recorders; AM radios; burglar alarms; doorbells and much more!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Mighty Mathematics of the Lever - Andy Peterson and Zack Patterson



Archimedes once said “Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the Earth.” While the idea of a person moving such a huge mass on their own might sound impossible, chances are you’ve seen this idea in action at your local playground. Andy Peterson and Zack Patterson use the seesaw to illustrate the amazing implications and uses of the lever.

Lesson by Andy Peterson and Zack Patterson, animation by The Moving Company Animation Studio.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Magformers: Magnetic Balls Castles And More ~ Incredible Science



Magformers Rainbow Set - The magnetic building set that always connects and never rejects! You are the engineer! Entertaining and educational for all ages! Magformers have super strong neodymium magnets on all sides which connect and allow you to build 100's of 3-D designs. Learn through to discovery how to infinitely build 3-D geometric structures which are fun, and build problem solving skills and strategies. The possibilities are endless! Create balls, squares, buildings, animals and more! Discover the connection possibilities. Watch in amazement as the Magformer connected shapes magically connect!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Physics of Playing Guitar - Oscar Fernando Perez



Guitar masters like Jimi Hendrix are capable of bending the physics of waves to their wills, plucking melody from inspiration and vibration. But how do wood, metal, and plastic translate into rhythm, melody, and music? Oscar Fernando Perez details the physics of playing the guitar, from first pluck to that final shredding chord.

Lesson by Oscar Fernando Perez , animation by Chris Boyle.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Huey Lewis and the News' Guitarist, Stef Burns, at Mozart, Einstein and Me


Stef Burns, long time friend of owner Stan Houston, recently visited Mozart, Einstein and Me to purchase gifts for his daughter.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Einstein's Miracle Year - Larry Lagerstrom



As the year 1905 began, Albert Einstein faced life as a “failed” academic. Yet within the next twelve months, he would publish four extraordinary papers, each on a different topic, that were destined to radically transform our understanding of the universe. Larry Lagerstrom details these four groundbreaking papers.

Lesson by Larry Lagerstrom, animation by Oxbow Creative.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Set Enterprises - Quiddler Deluxe



Set Enterprises, Inc. is a leading developer of award winning family and educational games including Quiddler, the short word game. The Deluxe version comes in a tin with special Quiddler Short Word Dictionary.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Newton's 3 Laws, With a Bicycle - Joshua Manley



Why would it be hard to pedal a 10,000 pound bicycle? This simple explanation shows how Newton's 3 laws of motion might help you ride your bike.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Clayton Cameron: A-Rhythm-etic. The Math Behind the Beats



Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren't cooler than math—they simply rely on it.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Girls Do Science



7 out of 10 girls are interested in science. Only 2 out of 10 will pursue it as a career. Let’s change that.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Top 10 Benefits of Child Creativity



EVERY child needs creativity in their life. In this video we discuss the immense need of promoting such creativity by listing 10 basic benefits.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Aquarellum Junior Butterflies from Sentosphere



The Aquarellum Junior Butterflies paint set from Sentosphere lets kids create works of art using high quality inks and special embossed paint boards to design colorful butterflies.

Monday, July 27, 2015

ANNOUNCING... ABC Music Store & Academy Has a New Name: Mozart, Einstein & Me



ABC Music in Benicia CA and Livermore CA has changed their venue. They are still a music store, but have added so much more to help students learn better and more effectively. Their name is changed from ABC Music to Mozart, Einstein & Me. Mozart is for music, Einstein is for science, and Me is for art. This change not only gives their retail stores a whole new look and feel, it helps students to become better creative musicians, and the gift ideas are pretty awesome too. Stan Houston, owner of Mozart, Einstein & Me gives us a tour of the new look and feel of their Benicia CA store.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Stan & Marianne Houston at the Top 100 Awards Gala

Stan & Marianne Houston with Larry Morton and Joe Lamond 
from the Top 100 Awards Gala
Stan and Marianne Houston of ABC Music Store & Academy (Now Mozart Einstein and Me) attended the 2015 Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN, as one of the top 100 Dealers for 2015 in the United States! The industry celebrated the 2015 Top 100 Dealers, 2015's Dealer of the Year and seven other category winners during the Friday, June 10th, awards ceremony. 

"The NAMM Top 100 Dealers go beyond running a successful business, they are ambassadors for music and music education in their communities," said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. "They generously share their passion for music with both longtime customers and those just beginning their musical journey. What they add to their communities can best be measured in the number of lives positively impacted through music."

Stan and Marianne Houston own ABC Music stores in downtown Benicia and Livermore locations. Both have years of experience in music performance and education. Their dream is to continually improve the stores and bring music and the arts to both communities. Proceeds from both stores, as well as concerts they sponsor and promote, are used to develop and support band programs within the school district, and to provide music scholarships to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Over their years of service to the community, Stan and Marianne have donated over $100,000 to the community music programs. ABC Music Store & Academy is dedicated to providing the community exceptional musical instruments and music lessons. They supply top quality musical instruments, including instruments for school bands, offer full in-house repair services, and provide classes on care and maintenance. Whether you are starting music lessons, continuing music lessons, renting or buying a musical instrument, they are there to help. 

The music stores are located conveniently at 739 First Street in Benicia, California, and at 2156 First Street in Downtown Livermore, California. Each store has over 2000 square feet of floor space that includes seven private music instruction studios. ABC's Faculty includes over 30 experienced professional musicians who are active in national and international performance. In addition, over a dozen of their music teachers are credentialed with a PhD, Masters, or BA Degrees. All of their music teachers have been teaching music professionally for over 10 years.

An independent panel of judges evaluated retailers' submissions across categories including customer service, music advocacy, store design and promotions. NAMM's Top 100 Dealers demonstrate overall merit and a consistent understanding of industry best practices. The judges then score the nominees to determine the category winners and Dealer of the Year that will be announced at the July 10 Awards event. Excellence in eight categories will be recognized during the Top Dealer Awards at Summer NAMM. 

Founded in 1901, "NAMM" stands for the National Association of Music Merchants, although, since its inception, NAMM has evolved from a nation retail association into an international association whose members now include commercial companies, distributors, affiliates and manufacturers.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How The Brain Processes Music



Studying how the brain processes music allows researchers to better understand how the human brain evolved, and how different parts of the brain communicate with each other, according to cognitive neuroscientist and former record producer Daniel Levitin.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Scientific Benefits of Music



Did you know that listening to music is good for you? This is our science fact of the day and it is all about listening to your favorite tunes!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Playing Musical Instruments in the MRI - The Brain on Music



How does learning to play a musical instrument change the brain? Can music be instrumental (pun intended!) in helping people recovering from strokes? These are just two questions being answered by researchers at McGill university and the Montreal Neurological Institute. Neurologist Robert Zatorre and his PhD Student Melanie Segado worked with Prof. Marcelo Wanderley, an engineer in the Schulich School of Music, and his student Avrum Hollinger in creating a cello that could be played in an MRI scanner to see how the brain changes as a result of playing a musical instrument.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Stan Houston at ABC Music has been named one of NAMM's 2015 Top 100 Music Retailers!


Stan Houston of ABC Music Store & Academy will be departing this week for the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN, as one of the top 100 Dealers for 2015 in the United States! The industry will celebrate the 2015 Top 100 Dealers, 2015's Dealer of the Year and seven other category winners during the Friday, June 10th, awards ceremony. 

"The NAMM Top 100 Dealers go beyond running a successful business, they are ambassadors for music and music education in their communities," said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. "They generously share their passion for music with both longtime customers and those just beginning their musical journey. What they add to their communities can best be measured in the number of lives positively impacted through music."

Stan and Marianne Houston own ABC Music stores in downtown Benicia and Livermore locations. Both have hears of experience in music performance and education. Their dream is to continually improve the stores and bring music and the arts to both communities. Proceeds from both stores, as well as concerts they sponsor and promote, are used to develop and support band programs within the school district, and to provide music scholarships to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Over their years of service to the community, Stan and Marianne have donated over $100,000 to the community music programs. ABC Music Store & Academy is dedicated to providing the community exceptional musical instruments and music lessons. They supply top quality musical instruments, including instruments for school bands, offer full in-house repair services, and provide classes on care and maintenance. Whether you are starting music lessons, continuing music lessons, renting or buying a musical instrument, they are there to help. 

The music stores are located conveniently at 739 First Street in Benicia, California, and at 2156 First Street in Downtown Livermore, California. Each store has over 2000 square feet of floor space that includes seven private music instruction studios. ABC's Faculty includes over 30 experienced professional musicians who are active in national and international performance. In addition, over a dozen of their music teachers are credentialed with a PhD, Masters, or BA Degrees. All of their music teachers have been teaching music professionally for over 10 years.

An independent panel of judges evaluated retailers' submissions across categories including customer service, music advocacy, store design and promotions. NAMM's Top 100 Dealers demonstrate overall merit and a consistent understanding of industry best practices. The judges then score the nominees to determine the category winners and Dealer of the Year that will be announced at the July 10 Awards event. Excellence in eight categories will be recognized during the Top Dealer Awards at Summer NAMM. 

Founded in 1901, "NAMM" stands for the National Association of Music Merchants, although, since its inception, NAMM has evolved from a nation retail association into an international association whose members now include commercial companies, distributors, affiliates and manufacturers.

For more information, please contact Stan Houston. Cell (707) 495-6581. Email: abcmusicstore@sbcglobal.net 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Gifts for the Brain - Music, Art, Science Available at ABC Music Store!


ABC Music expands its products for right-hand-side brain development for all ages.

Puzzles, toys, electronic kits, and gifts based on the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, MC Escher, and Vincent Van Gogh. You won't find another store with this incredible selection.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Joey Alexander: An 11-Year-Old Prodigy Performs Old-School Jazz



Raised listening to his dad's old records, Joey Alexander plays a brand of sharp, modern piano jazz that you likely wouldn't expect to hear from a pre-teenager. Listen as the 11-year-old delights the TED crowd with his very special performance of a Thelonious Monk classic.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Amazing Effects of Music on Us


It is undeniable that all of us love music; we just differ in the kind of music we like to play and listen frequently. Music plays a huge part in our life and life without music would seem so dull. Even when we were still inside our mother's womb up to the day we came out, we hear music play on the background or hear our beloved moms hum a lullaby. Babies easily fall asleep when they hear lullabies and most mothers believe that making their child listen to music at an early age can boost development of their musical skills.

Aside from inducing sleep and making us feel relaxed, music also helps develop our brain. Studies have proven that musical education or training helps develop the left side of the brain which is responsible in processing language. We easily remember things when we link them to a particular song and this can be very helpful to schooling children. This can help them get good grades especially in math since they can associate the songs they sing to the elements of math such as patterns and measurements.

Music can also heal. These days music is used as therapy to treat depression, high blood pressure, brain injuries and many others. Most of all, according to researches, music can help improve if not totally bring back memory of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Music therapists play the favorite songs of their patient to help them recall things. Music is also used to lessen pain after a person underwent a medical procedure or surgery. Even those individuals suffering from arthritis will feel that the pain is reduced when they listen to music. Music therapy is now a part of the health services offered by many hospitals and clinics. This is the result of people's awareness of the wonderful benefits and effects that music provides.

There are different types of music and the type that we listen to usually depends on our mood. When we sleep we listen to calming music but when we're very much alive and we feel like dancing we listen to rock or pop music. Music allows us to express ourselves. When we're sad and feel like crying, we listen to love songs and pour out our sentiments and after crying we feel much better and - stronger.

Music also affects the way we live and socialize with other people. Creating music together with a choir or band can help a person learn how to communicate well with other people. Music activities provide enjoyment to children and adults alike. They have fun making music together with friends and at the same time learn how to sing or play a musical instrument.

Music really has tremendous effects to us, may it be physical, emotional or social. It contributes a lot to the way we think, learn and build relationship with others. Make sure to enjoy life by listening to your favorite music along with your family and friends.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Surgery Patient Throws Dance Party



Patient turns operating room into a dance floor, boogies to Beyonce before surgery. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Healing Powers and Benefits of Music


Music is known to have healing effects for the soul. It is also regarded as therapy to treat the psychological disturbances of the mind according to the medical experts. People who enjoy good music regularly are known to be happier than people who did not listen to the music.

Music composers have to work hard day and night to create magnificent music that soothes the minds of its listeners. However, not all musicians are able to create soothing music. People have been hearing music since a long time ago as therapy to get rid of melancholic situations and mood swings. On the other hand, music can also multiply your happiness.

Although, people are already aware of the healing effects of music, scientists have researched more into this subject and concluded that the relationship between music and the human mind results in stimulating the brain powers. The stimulation of the mind changes the overall functions of the human body.

Since music has great healing powers, medical experts also suggest that it can be used as a means of therapy to treat various diseases such as depression, anxiety, blood pressure and ADD in children. Medical experts also suggest that musical therapy can also be used to treat pain and stress and some other sicknesses as well. Moreover, it is also suggested that listening to music can be relaxing for patients of different diseases as it excites emotions.

According to a group of medical researchers, listening to music can have positive effects over the behavior of patients who are suffering from cerebral palsy, stroke, and Parkinson's disease. The progress of the patients who listened to music was much better than the patients who did not.

Also, patients who had dementia and head injuries were able to recover quickly after they started listening to music. It completely depends on the type of music a patient prefers listening to; however, it should be noted that listening to melancholic music can have negative effects over the patients.

A research was conducted in which ten musicians (five of each gender) were taken as subjects. A device was used to determine the effects of music to the brain. The participants were asked to listen to four different types of music in sequence. It was found that when the participants heard their favorite music repeatedly, the stimulation of their brain was similar to that of when making the love.

Jimmy Prior is a professional writer and have skills and specialist in music forum, and in Classical music.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Amazing Benefits of Music Lessons on the Brain



Well that is a great question. Any self respecting parent wants to provide the best possible opportunities for their child. We all know that music can be fun and most people would agree that some degree of music appreciation is beneficial to a child's development. But did you know that music lessons...

Sunday, May 31, 2015

5 Top Reasons for Getting Your Kids Involved in Music Lessons


When I tell someone that I teach piano, the initial response I get is, "I wish I had taken piano lessons when I was younger" or "I wish my mom forced me to continue piano lessons rather than letting me quit." Since I started teaching in 1992, no one has ever said, "I wish I hadn't learned how to play the piano."As adults and parents, we seem to understand how essential and beneficial learning to play an instrument is in our childhood and adolescent years.

Parents have various reasons for investing in music lessons for their kids. One of the main reasons is parents' belief that music lessons will help their kids in school. And they are right! This is one of the 5 top reasons why kids need to learn a musical instrument. As shown by research, taking music lessons has numerous benefits especially in the development of intelligence and character.

Here are 5 Top Reasons getting your kids involved in music lessons.

1. Music Lessons Enhance Brain Development.
Many research studies have been conducted to measure the effects of learning a music instrument on cognitive development. Findings indicate that children who take music lessons over several years show greater improvement in spatial-temporal reasoning skills which are necessary for learning math and science. Music-making kids surpass their classmates who don't take lessons in reading comprehension. In addition, children who take music lessons benefit from improved memory skills. When we look at the research, it is easy to see that taking music lessons over a prolonged period gives kids an academic advantage to the point of increasing IQ and SAT scores. Your kids will be smarter!

2. Music Lessons teach kids how to Accomplish Goals.
Setting goals is crucial to making progress in anything that we pursue whether it's a passion or not. Typically, if we are passionate about something, we pursue that "something" by setting our own goals. Many times others set goals for us including our parents, teachers, bosses, coaches, government, religious leaders or peers. Goal-setting is an important part of day-to-day living, and it is the first step toward achieving a sense of accomplishment. Proficiency on an instrument is a long-term goal achieved over a period of years. In order to accomplish this goal, the music teacher and student must set and accomplish short-term goals that will ultimately lead to long-term achievement. One of the greatest rewards of being a music teacher is to help young students become top-notch musicians and performers over the course of their elementary through high school years. Some students go on to pursue music as a career path. Others go on to pursue other passions. Whatever their pursuits, taking music lessons has taught them how to make progress towards their dreams.

3. Music Lessons develop Self-Discipline in kids.
We all know that anything worth having in this life doesn't come easy and that with hard work and consistency we can achieve great things. How do we instill the character qualities of self-determination and discipline in our kids who are living in a fast-paced society that has grown accustomed to immediate gratification? Music lessons are a fun and effective way to help a child learn self-discipline. Students find motivation in the music they are learning. However, in order to perform this music well they must practice consistently. As the music teacher helps a student structure weekly practice time, the student is empowered to learn the music through self-discipline. Developing the skill of self-discipline can be adapted to achieve goals in other areas such as academics and sports.

4. Music Lessons help kids become Independent and Self-Sufficient adults.
Many child psychologists agree that a child's happiness and ability to become an independent and successful adult is greatly dependent on that child's sense of self-worth and confidence. The qualities of children with high self-esteem include:

• tackling new challenges
• being independent and true to themselves
• taking responsibility for their decisions and actions
• having confidence in themselves and taking pride in their abilities

These characteristics can be developed with consistent music lessons throughout the childhood and adolescent years. New challenges are tackled regularly in music lessons by learning a new piece or song, learning a new technique or progressing to a higher skill level. As students make progress in learning a musical instrument, they are able to choose the music they love to perform - classical, pop, country, etc. Being true to yourself is recognizing what you love most and pursuing it. The decision to practice or not practice can have its consequences, and students must structure their practice for progress. Seeing students perform in front of an audience is a highlight for teachers, parents, family and friends. Students experience a great sense of accomplishment after a performance.

5. Music Lessons promote Self-Expression and Creativity
The world's greatest leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors have something in common - creativity. This creativity can evolve into the power of invention. Think of Benjamin Franklin and his numerous inventions that were born from his creativity in discovering improvements to the way things worked. Making music naturally elicits self-expression and creativity, and the ability for students to express themselves with confidence and creativity opens up incredible doors of opportunity.

As you think about which extracurricular activities to choose for your kids, consider the true benefits of your investment. We all want our children to live life to the fullest and to experience great happiness as they follow their dreams. Sometimes, they need a little guidance from us. We invest in our kids' futures by giving them opportunities such as music lessons. Taking music lessons cultivates qualities that lead to lifetime success. Make learning a music instrument a priority in your home and encourage your kids every step of the way.

Allison J Boyd, Music Therapist - Board Certified  http://www.metromusicmakers.com http://www.facebook.com/metromusicmakers
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

ABC Music Store Has Been Named One of NAMM's Top 100 Dealers!


ABC Music Store has been selected as one of the 2015 Top Dealers. 

They have also been nominated for the top 3 "Best Store Turnaround". The winner will be announced at the Summer NAMM Dealer of the Year Awards on June 10th in Nashville, TN. Stay tuned!


Monday, May 25, 2015

Gifts for the Brain - Music, Art, Science


ABC Music expands its products for right-hand-side brain development for all ages. Puzzles, toys, electronic kits, and gifts based on the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, MC Escher, and Vincent Van Gogh. You won't find another store with this incredible selection.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sharing The Gift Of Music


The power of good music is undeniable. Good music can make anyone feel happier, and it can really help change someone's outlook on a bad day. There are many different ways people can share the gift of music. One of the best ways to share with the world music is by learning an instrument that truly intrigues you and mastering it.

There are many different types of music lessons to choose from. Usually people are more drawn to certain instruments over others. By going to a school of music, it is possible to select from a wide variety of different music lessons. Piano lessons are very popular and many parents attempt to get their children interested in music early on my getting them to learn the piano. However, besides the musical benefits, studies have shown that children who take piano lessons benefit in the long run. First of all, piano lessons teach children the ability to concentrate because reading a piece of music requires full attention. Strong focus is needed as a child must read a note and interpret it with a hand coordination and movement. By developing strong concentration skills early on, children will be able to focus more down the line. They will be able to apply this concentration to their schoolwork and studies demonstrate that children who take piano lessons get better grades then others.

Learning a new instrument, be it piano, guitar or drum requires dedication and hard work. When a child takes these lessons and slowly begins to master them, their levels of self-confidence can drastically increase. Beginning to understand anything that was previously a mysteriously difficult task can help raise self-esteem.

Not only will learning a new instrument help a child's confidence, it enables them to become more rounded individuals. Music is an art. Music lessons allow children to develop an appreciation for the gift and culture of the art of music.

Should your child not be interested in learning an instrument, singing lessons are another great way to share the gift of music. Regardless of whether or not you have a good voice, a trained instructor will help you manage your voice and enhance it to its full potential. Singing lessons teach breathing exercises and can teach someone how to hold a note for a long time.

Once you have learned to apply your musical talent, you can begin to create your own music to share with the world. A trained musician can apply their talents in many different forms including composing music for others to play, writing musicals, performing in rock bands or other types of musical groups.

Regardless of what style of music you choose to learn or you choose to apply your talent to, the most important thing is that you share your gift as music can truly enhance the lives of others around you.  You musical talent gives you the ability to make others happy and it is a wonderful gift to share.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Ahn Trio: A Modern Take on Piano, Violin, Cello



The three Ahn sisters (cellist Maria, pianist Lucia, violinist Angella) breathe new life into the piano trio with their passionate musicmaking. At TEDWomen, they start with the bright and poppy "Skylife," by David Balakrishnan, then play a gorgeous, slinky version of "Oblivion," by Astor Piazzolla.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Carrot clarinet | Linsey Pollak | TEDxSydney



Linsey Pollak turns a carrot into a clarinet using an electic drill a carrot and a saxophone mouthpiece, and plays it all in a matter of 5 minutes.

Linsey Pollak is an Australian musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has recorded 31 albums, toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, Nth America and Asia as well as performing at most major festivals around Australia.

Linsey has devised many large Festival pieces such as "BimBamBoo" and "Sound Forest", as well as collaborating on many music and theatre projects around Australia. He established The Multicultural Arts Centre of WA, and has co-ordinated five Cross-cultural Music Ensembles in three different States. Linsey has also worked as a musical instrument maker for 40 years and has designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specialising in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Music and the Brain: Jessica Grahn at TEDxWesternU



Jessica Grahn, Cognitive Neuroscientist, talks about the power of the human mind and how it can be transformed through music.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Music as a Language - Victor Wooten



Music is a powerful communication tool--it causes us to laugh, cry, think and question. Bassist and five-time Grammy winner, Victor Wooten, asks us to approach music the same way we learn verbal language--by embracing mistakes and playing as often as possible.

Lesson by Victor Wooten, produced by TED-Ed.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bill T. Jones: The Dancer, the Singer, the Cellist ... and a Moment of Creative Magic



Legendary dance choreographer Bill T. Jones and TED Fellows Joshua Roman and Somi didn't know exactly what was going to happen when they took the stage at TED2015. They just knew they wanted to offer the audience an opportunity to witness creative collaboration in action. The result: An improvised piece they call "The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain," so extraordinary it had to be shared ...

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Healing Power of Music



An unconventional approach to recovery and coping, music therapy is a field of medicine capturing new attention due to its role in helping Gabrielle Giffords recover from a gunshot. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the versatility of music in a medical setting, but the difficulty of quantifying its effectiveness.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Power of Music - Jack Leroy Tueller



Orphaned at age 5, WWII veteran, went on to play first chair trumpet at BYU. This is a remarkable story from Jack's military experience.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earworms: Those Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head - Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis



Have you ever been waiting in line at the grocery store, innocently perusing the magazine rack, when a song pops into your head? Not the whole song, but a fragment of it that plays and replays until you find yourself unloading the vegetables in time to the beat? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis explores earworms — a cognitive phenomenon that plagues over 90% of people at least once a week.

Lesson by Elizabeth Margulis, animation by Artrake Studio

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Stan Houston: Grow the Market, Reap a Wider Audience

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Article from the Benicia Herald








I WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN LAST YEAR that the board of directors of the Vallejo Symphony had chosen to remove David Ramadanoff as principal conductor. It is no secret that ticket sales to symphony performances have dropped over the past few years, but I would make the argument that an exclusive “interest” in the classics is the root cause of declining ticket sales, more so than Mr. Ramadanoff’s virtuous baton.

In response to the symphony’s decision, various musicians familiar with the situation have surmised that a change in “product” is afoot at the symphony. Some opeds written by classical musicians have suggested that classical music is really a niche market and that low attendance is to be expected. What does that mean? Watching the patronage flowing up the red carpet to the San Francisco Symphony season opener last year, one could conclude that classical music is the sole property of the wealthy, the politicians and the highly educated. As some have suggested, it is reserved for the one-percenters. Writers of history have documented that classical music, like that of Beethoven, Mozart and Bach, was commissioned by monarchs and that the composers went on to share their work exclusively with their benefactors, the elite. Today classical music is supported almost exclusively by those who have had the opportunity to be exposed to it in the finer schools, and it remains the core foundation of study at all music academies and schools. Graduates from top-tier pillars of education — whether musicians, scientists or engineers — appreciate classical music.

If a change in product is at the core of the symphony’s decision, does that mean the elite will be less engaged with the newer format? Will Mahler, Beethoven and Mozart have to share a program with the likes of Bernstein, Addinsell and Gershwin? Holy Stradivarius! Yes, that’s right: complex passages barely understood by even those playing them that are often better left to the visual of a “Transformers” movie may be sharing a program with staff lines from domestic composers. Some will call it blasphemy, some will call it “light”classical, and some will say it’s un-European. Fewer tragic minor movements that reach deep into our chest cavity, seeming to pull out our heart, followed by soothing “major” pianissimos triumphantly coming to the rescue — these may have to follow the Warsaw Concerto. I can hear the purists now: “Alas Ira, I yearn for a fugue.”

Successful businesses embrace the idea that what is on the shelf for sale is ultimately put there by the customer. The merchant who selfishly displays a product that fits only his or her own tastes is soon closing their doors for good. Here’s a wake-up call for symphonies throughout the world: The 99-percenters want to hear a variety of notes, not just the ones the tuxedos and Pradas want to hear. The Boston Pops and the Boston Symphony rarely have unsold seats. Their menu is wide and offers a variety of music for every interest.

But there’s much more behind the Vallejo Symphony’s decline in ticket sales. It is ironic that last year, while Mr. Ramadanoff was being told to hand over the baton in Vallejo, the Benicia school district eliminated the last bit of school day music education in the elementary schools. This year the only music options available to children in kindergarten through fifth grade are mostly after school and almost exclusively funded by private outside sources.

Losing what small bit of music education we had in K-5 is part of a race to the bottom that started in the late 1970s. Gradually, through budget cuts music and art education has been eliminated in California’s elementary schools. An obvious result is the mirrored decline in music performance participation in middle and high schools, where it is offered only as an elective. As a core offering, fewer and fewer students are exposed to any form of music appreciation in the classroom. Today’s students are seldom exposed to classical compositions, let alone even know Beethoven — or, for that matter, the Beatles. And frankly, it doesn’t matter whether Bernstein or Basie is taught in our schools; the ongoing elimination of music education in our schools is dwarfing the size of the everyday audience.

So the Vallejo Symphony, along with many symphonies throughout the world, is seeing its patronage decline. Jazz, big band and rock audiences have diminished as well. The marketing solution for increasing patronage in live performances of any music style is twofold: greater exposure of all music in the schools and a willingness to create new listening experiences in the concert hall. Playing the same video game over and over makes Mary a dull girl.

For me, listening to the same music over and over again through my 60 years is no longer as entertaining as it once was. I wanna new song. But as music education is eliminated in the schools, who will write that song — and who will be in the audience?

Stan Houston is a classically trained musician and an advocate for the arts.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

6 Benefits Of Music - How Music Can Help


Everywhere you look, (or I guess listen), music is all around us. It's on the television we watch, the commercials trying to sell us something and in all forms of entertainment you can think of. The use of music to infuse a particular feeling or emotion is abundant and effective everywhere.

Music as a sales tool is well known and powerful, but what about using music as a form of therapy? If commercials and television can project a certain feeling with it, then why can't we use it to invoke the same response for ourselves in a positive manner?

When going through a divorce, music played a large role in helping me feel better. At the time, it didn't matter how, but playing music made me feel better, so that's what I did. I listened to it, which encouraged me to learn it. The more I practiced, the more it helped me feel better.

There are many different ways in which music can assist in getting through difficult times. And many of those qualities can help anyone struggling with change.

Reduces Stress: Some music when listened to can help reduce stress and anxiety. Listening to soft, soothing music is often used in the practice of meditation to help calm the mind.

Helps With Depression: Depression can be a very debilitating stage we go through when recovering from some loss. Listening to music can release endorphins, making us feel better, even if it's just a little, it can help bring you up.

Builds Confidence: When taking music to the next level, like learning how to play the guitar, the benefits of music become more intense. Learning something new can do great things for your confidence, very useful when times are tough.

Teaches Discipline: Once again, when taking on an activity like learning the guitar, discipline is needed in order to advance with it. In order to get better at playing an instrument, you need to practice and discipline assists in keeping you motivated to practice.

Promotes Teamwork: If you enjoy playing and become confident with it, you may start looking at joining a band. When joining to play with others, teamwork is essential in having a successful partnership.

Social Outlet: Music has always been the center of social gatherings. It's an opportunity for people to have something to discuss and share experiences with. From the big arena to the small venue down the street, music brings people together socially.

Music plays a critical role in our lives, from how we feel about ourselves to being around others with the same interest. When looking for something to help bring some interest back into your life, music can be an excellent opportunity to learn and discover more about yourself.

Learning how to balance mind, body and soul can help bring peace to an ever hectic lifestyle. It's important to take time for ourselves and easy to forget to. Follow my blog to watch my effort.
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Monday, April 13, 2015

How Brass Instruments Work - Al Cannon



What gives the trumpet its clarion ring and the tuba its gut shaking oompah-pah? And what makes the trombone so jazzy? Al Cannon shows how these answers lie not in the brass the instruments are made of, but in the journey that air takes from the musician’s lungs to the instrument’s bell.

Lesson by Al Cannon, animation by TED-Ed.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Upcoming Class - Rhythm & African Percussion


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Gifts for the Brain - Music, Art, Science


ABC Music expands its products for right-hand-side brain development for all ages. Puzzles, toys, electronic kits, and gifts based on the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, MC Escher, and Vincent Van Gogh. You won't find another store with this incredible selection.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Learn How to Sing With Voice Lessons


Singing is one of the simple pleasures in life that almost anybody can enjoy. It helps us relax and enjoy ourselves with very little effort. As a matter of fact, many have made a living entertaining people with their amazing talent when it comes to singing. While it is true that there are some of us who can sing better than others, as long as you have the potential, you can learn how to sing just like today's best recording artists. A lot of today's best singers share the same secret; they have had voice lessons before or during their early years.

Singing lessons offer up several advantages that make it the preferred way of becoming a better singer. If you do some research on your own, you'll see a lot of today's best singers and artists have had a voice coach or teacher that has helped them improve their talent and helped them become who they are today. I'm sure some part of you is saying, "I don't need singing lessons. As long as I keep practicing and singing, I'll get better." To some extent, you are right. Becoming a great singer requires a lot of practice. However, you need someone to focus your effort and guide you along the way to ensure that all the practice you are doing is actually helping you improve.

This is exactly one of the main advantages of having a voice coach. Every time you have a lesson, you will have something new to learn. As you sing, your coach or instructor will be able to identify areas of improvement and also how else you can make your voice more powerful so that you'll have a better performance.

Another good thing about having voice lessons is that you get to learn about the technical side of singing which is just as important as the passion and heart that you put into every performance. Voice lessons help you identify melodies, rhythms, sharp and flat notes, and many more. It helps you fine tune your voice so that you can sing each song as accurately as possible. Without a voice coach guiding you, this will be quite difficult to do on your own.

Control is also a great benefit to voice lessons. Your instructor will be will be able to teach you how to control your breathing so that you don't get easily winded when singing the tougher or more complicated songs. Breathing control is also attributed to vocal belting which is when a singer lets out a loud high pitch sound to give a very strong and emotional performance. Control is important because without the proper techniques in place, you may hurt yourself or damage your vocal chords when singing powerhouse songs.

There are many ways you can become a great and talented singer. Others are even born with the natural ability to sing beautifully. For most of us, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to the craft in order to become better.

This is why having someone with you a vocal coach can help ensure your progress through regular voice lessons. Combine that with practice, and you'll soon be up on that stage like the rest of the singers you admire and look up to.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Why Should You Learn How To Play The Flute?


The world is filled with music and really amazing musical instruments all over. Many of these instruments have a rich history to back them up and they have been used by our ancestors and then passed down to the generations.

Most of these instruments have their own distinct way of bringing music to life. Some of these include the strings, percussion, woodwinds and guitar.

Different musical instruments have their own importance in many of the cultures around the globe and they are very fun to learn as well. They are not only different in their looks but also differ in the type of music that they produce.

Given all these options, it is no surprise that when one want to pick an instrument to learn the choice becomes difficult. In the woodwind category one of the most popular instruments is the flute that everyone likes a lot.

Flute is one of the oldest musical instruments and thus has a very strong history at its backing. The music that it creates is one of its kind and very close to most music lovers.

Therefore, when one chooses to learn how to play the flute, one is continuing an ancient tradition as well as taking up a modern music interest at the same time. Over time many varieties of this instrument have been created, like alto and base.

In addition to the fact that it is a great instrument to learn, it is quite easy to learn as well. The manipulation of the notes is very easy and matches that of a voice recorder. A small difference in the blowing enables you to produce a varied note.

Another benefit here is that this is an inexpensive instrument to learn, unlike the saxophone. So with great music you are also saving a lot of money that one needs to spend on the other reed instruments.

Flute allows room for many genres of music, be it classical, jazz or pop. You can increase your pleasure of playing by adding your favorite songs in the background, something you can perfect with a little practice.

Learning flute is quite easy in comparison to other woodwind instruments. Given that it can be carried around with great ease, one can practice anywhere and anytime. Added to this the cleaning of this instrument is very easy as well.

In the case of flute, it is not music that you are benefiting from, but you are also getting some health advantages as well. Playing flute helps expand your lungs and as a result it improves the air volume that you inhale.

The learning process can be either a self taught process with the help of a book or the internet or one can join some music class and learn from an instructor. Whichever form of learning you select, make sure that you are dedicated to it because only then will you be able to ensure that you produce great music with your skills over a period of time for both self entertainment and for others as well.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Why Music Makes the World Go Round


Music is an expression of human experience and therefore, everyone has a love for a particular kind of music. Music is found in many areas of our life including presidential inaugurations, graduation ceremonies, weddings and funerals. The ambiance in a room can be changed by adding some music - some upbeat sounds in church or soft music at the dentist office can transform the environment. There are different genres or styles including classical, jazz, hip hop, rap, rhythm and blues, rock & roll, country, folk, bluegrass, metal, world new age etc. The reasons why it makes the world to go round include:

· Music guides the emotions

Whether we know it or not, it plays an important role in our lives. It easily affects our emotions whether we are aware or not. An individual only needs to think about the music heard on a particular movie soundtrack. Although a person may be aware of the dialogue, the costumes, the scenery, the action and special effect, it supports all and guides the emotional context. When you consider some of the best movie, music plays an active role. Even in bad films, music holds the story together. It is so important to movies that the studio executives often scrutinize it to determine the effects generated by a particular scene.

· Music is important in advertising

TV programs have musical underscores. Furthermore, many of the commercials use it to sell their products - the commercial feature tunes that remain engrained in our memories. This makes it possible to remember a product resulting in making a purchase.

· Music is business of many organizations

Radio in particular remains relevant as a result of providing music most of the times, seven days a week. Different radio stations offer the tones in different styles imaginable to appeal to the listeners. Record stores too are in the business of selling music. Therefore, they remain relevant as long as they offer music that is appealing to their niche market. Giant arenas or large concerts remain relevant to the thousands who gather by making it possible to share the experience with the audience. If you are to generate a high return on investment it is important to know exactly what to present.

· Music develops the brain

Singing and making melodies plays an important role in developing the brain fully and extensively. This is particularly the case in the early years. Music helps to make an individual brighter, more logical, more intelligent, more capable and more rational. According to further research music improves the study habits as well as test scores.

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